23-Year-Old Helps Scared Elderly Man Down Escalator

23-Year-Old Helps Scared Elderly Man Down Escalator

Paula Accorsi Picard was at the Holyoke Mall in Massachusetts with a friend when he spotted a young guy approach an elderly man stopped at the top of the escalator. 

Apparently, the 83-year-old man had once gotten stuck on an escalator, so he was scared to go on it ever again. Picard watched the 23-year-old man named Alonzo Johnson go right up to the old man and offer his arm. According to Picard’s Facebook post, the pair then went down the escalator side by side until they arrived at the bottom.

Picard wrote: “The older man was paused at the top of an escalator and a few people started gathering waiting to get on. It was clear he was feeling unsure and this young man offered the simplest kindness: an out-reached arm and a ‘can I help you on, sir?’”

“The young man gently offered an assurance, they looked at each other eye to eye for just a moment and the older man accepted his arm. Everyone else remained patient. So, so sweet to witness!” she continued. 

After the incident went viral, Johnson told Mass Live he didn’t know anyone was watching when he asked the elderly man if he could help him. 

Picard’s Facebook post has been shared over 200,000 times and she ended the post saying: “I wanted to hug both of them. Whoever this young man is, YOUR FAMILY RAISED YOU RIGHT! THANK YOU! So, please look for the silver linings – as I was so fortunate to witness this evening.” 

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[Featured Image Credit: Paula Accorsi Picard/Facebook]